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AZwildcat last won the day on October 19 2017

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  1. AZwildcat

    Columbus T-38 down

    4000 hrs, the hard way! Back when flying was dangerous and sex was safe! No hate on the Northrop seat, it is what it is and it’s worked as advertised for many many years, but...the MB is more capable and has saved lives where the old seat wouldn’t. There’s a reason AETC upgraded, and for the cost of some budget dust it’d be nice to see the A models get the same treatment.
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    Columbus T-38 down

    That’s the truth
  3. AZwildcat

    Columbus T-38 down

    I really hope the Martin Baker makes it into the A models...
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    OCPs Arrive Oct 1st, 2018

    Just got back from the AOR and It's already a uniform bonanza out there. Between ABUs, OCPs, Army OCPs, OCP Flight Suits, Normal Tan Flight Suits....and the best part is no one seemed to give a shit what you were wearing, which was refreshing.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Very basic math shows that if the AF was to pay every single active duty, guard and reserve pilot an extra $100K/year that would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.1B / year. The FY 19 AF budget is $156 B. So for a roughly 1.3% reallocation of funds the AF could be competitive with airline pay. Obviously that's very simplistic, but you get the point. Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining AF...if you value your people you need to start paying them like it. The AF just spent over $1B on NG to tell us that a square peg sensor doesn't fit on a round hole Global Hawk. GMAFB. We have the money. People say it isn't about the money...they're lying. QoL is a big factor, but there's a lot more you're willing to put up with to keep flying cool jets at the right price.
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    Israeli Viper Shot Down in Syria

    Interesting how little media attention this has: Israel Believes Syria Strikes Took Out Nearly Half of Assad’s Air Defenses
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/February 2018/USAF-to-Grow-Out-of-Pilot-Crisis-by-Increasing-Training-Not-by-Competing-with-Airlines.aspx http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Pages/2018/February 2018/February 15 2018/USAF-Losing-700-T-6-Flights-Per-Day-While-Fleet-is-Grounded-Growing-Out-of-the-Pilot-Crisis-Making-Space-a-Priority.aspx
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    U-2 Dragonlady info

    Making ISR great again
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    That damn zeolite dust...it'll getcha
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    What is right with the Air Force

    One U-2 squadron wants to be the Silicon Valley of the Air Force ”[Air Force Chief of Staff] Gen. [David] Goldfein has told me as a commander to get ready for the fight. I cannot succeed at the mission that he’s laid out for me if I wait on the Air Force to give me the answers,” Lt. Col. Matt Nussbaum, commander of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, told Defense News in a Nov. 30 interview at Beale AFB in California. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017/12/08/one-u-2-squadron-wants-to-be-the-silicon-valley-of-the-air-force/
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    Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    Right? Someone literally just asked a question at a CSAF all-call about enlisted pilot opportunities and he said not right now, because we have a retention problem, not a recruiting problem...there is no shortage of people willing to raise their hand to fly So WTFO? What problem are we trying to fix again?
  12. Thankless work no doubt. At least you guys are aware and trying to get ahead of the power curve. I've been trying to get the U-2 flight manuals folks to add hyperlinks in the PDFs for a year now. And yes once paper finally does go away it opens up lots of new possibilities for how flight manuals and checklists are constructed and displayed. It would be great if ACC would throw money at developing an awesome checklist app or something like that but I'll believe it when I see it...like you eluded to once they realize that cost savings I'm sure that money will go somewhere else in a hurry. I think we'll be stuck with PDFs for checklists for a while.
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    This reminds me of the old F-117 story about painting the jet weird pastel gray colors because that was going to blend in best at night...but real men don't fly pastel jets, so paint it black! Just give the thing a damn afterburner...dilly dilly! ------ No one's really brought up the concept of integrated simulator training. I think that will play a large part in the discussion of how we move forward with requirements and how the syllabus is structured. I believe some of the T-X competitors at least had demonstrated integrated sim capabilities, flying an actual mission next to a virtual wingman who's sitting in the sim on the ground or what have you. I shudder at the thought of cutting large amounts of flights and hours out of the UPT or IFF syllabus in favor of sim time, but I've never had the privilege of using a state of the art gucci sim either, so I don't know.
  14. Right! If you really think about it, 95% of the conversations here could be funneled into the WTF section. It's all a band aid. The new IFF will go in the same place as the old IFF, so I'm sure all that water that comes out of the air vent won't be a problem at all... And yeah ADAIR is the big driver for the T-38A in ACC as they have most of the jets. They don't have any interest in the C model mostly because of the PMP mod. Worse performance in the airspace, shorter sortie duration. What they really want is more A models until T-X or ADAIR-X or whatever can replace it. Basically zero chance of PMPing the remaining A/B models. I would think a low cost avionics upgrade using COTS products would be a drop in the bucket and a no brainer. Hell just steal what NASA already did, they've even offered up all their schematics to get the job done. I guess for now we have to be happy with the "Dual UHF upgrade"...if you can call it an upgrade. More like a Radio Shack weekend project. I want ForeFlight...but...I want more features and integration that are tactically useful. ForeFlight is great, but their biggest customer is civilian and commercial aviation. They are responsive to military needs but it's not their priority. We get a great product for flying from A to B, but it COULD be a game changer if we could meld it with tactical overlays. The interface, charting and overlays on ForeFlight is first rate, now imagine being able to lay down threats, blue force tracker, kill boxes, targeting coords/imagery, whatever you want. If we could have a MIL ForeFlight product that adapts and gets better at the rate the commercial app does but feature wise is catered to Military, capable of going classified and all that, you'd have an awesome tool. Instead of throwing money at something like Aero App how about not re-inventing the wheel and work out a contract with the best COTS product which is ForeFlight. The speed, innovation, adaptability of a commercial product tailored to meet operational and security needs of the military. Maybe it's a pipe dream but if I was king, that's what I would do. Yeah there's a new INS and new IFF on the horizon for the deuce, not sure about meeting the 2020 deadline though. The T-38A is actually not projected to meet the 2020 mandate either. I believe the exact quote was "We hope they'll come through with a waiver" Hope is always a great strategy.